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    School Bus Extrication - Part 1: Our Precious Cargo

    School Bus Extrication - Part 1: Our Precious Cargo
    We see the bright yellow buses travel our roads and highways everyday. These buses are not only carrying the future of our country, but the future firefighters, rescue and EMS workers that will inherit our plight to protect and save lives. It is our duty and obligation as rescue workers to be highly skilled and trained in rescuing this precious cargo. ...
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    Extrication for the EMT?

    Extrication for the EMT?
    I hope everyone’s summer went well. You know we tend to do less training in the summer, due to the heat, vacations and other family things. Now that fall and winter are here, our training will probably pick up some, as it should. Of course, when you read this, we will be into or finishing the holidays and the winter months ...
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    Big Truck Extrication - Part 3: The Extrication

    Big Truck Extrication - Part 3: The Extrication
    In the last two articles we have looked at how trucks are constructed, the types of trailers they may be pulling, the tremendous weights that may be involved, the hazards that come from dealing with large trucks, assessing and approaching these types of crashes, and how to look at some basic stabilization methods. Now we are going to look at some ...
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    Big Truck Extrication - Part 2: Assessment and Stabilization

    Big Truck Extrication - Part 2: Assessment and Stabilization
    Sometimes I wonder if rescuers realize just how many trucks are actually on our highways traveling each and everyday. My wife and I took a trip out west last Spring to see the Grand Canyon. I decided to drive in order to stop and see other things we might be interested in seeing along the way. Driving from North Carolina to ...
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    Big Truck Extrication - Part 1: Anatamy 101

    Big Truck Extrication - Part 1: Anatamy 101
    This is the first of a three part article on big truck extrication. *We are going to first take a look at basic truck anatomy. In article two we will discuss scene approach, hazards, and stabilization. In part three we will talk about extrication techniques.* Trucks have been around since shortly after the coming of the motorized automobile. They have become ...
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    Not Everyone Goes Home

    Not Everyone Goes Home
    On my website a while back, a brother posted a simple statement- everyone goes home. I thought about it for a bit. I reflected on the 343 firefighters that didn’t go home on 9-11. I thought about the more than 600 (and climbing) who have been killed since then. I wondered, why don’t we all go home safely? We should ...
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    Electrical Safety in Manufactured Homes

    Electrical Safety in Manufactured Homes
    +*Home Dangers*+ Every year nearly 4,000 Americans die in home fires and approximately 20,000 are injured. Electrical fires are one of the leading types of home fires, especially in manufactured homes. By following some simple rules on electrical safety you can reduce the likelihood of an electrical fire in your home. *+Prevent Electrical Problems+* Studies of electrical fires in homes show ...
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    Smoking and Fire Safety

    1. Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home. Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year. Consider installing a 10-year lithium battery-powered smoke alarm, which is sealed so it cannot be tampered with or opened. 2. Never smoke in bed. Replace mattresses made prior to the 1973 Federal Mattress Flammability Standard. 3. ...
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    Wildfire - Are You Prepared?

    Wildfire - Are You Prepared?
    More and more people are making their homes in woodland settings – in or near forests, rural areas, or remote mountain sites. There, homeowners enjoy the beauty of the environment but face the very real danger of wildfire. Every year across our Nation, some homes survive – while many others do not – after a major wildfire. Those that survive almost ...
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    Hotel and Motel Fire Safety

    When traveling, it is important to become familiar with your surroundings. The United States Fire Administration would like you to review the following safety tips to assist you in preparing for fire safe traveling. +*Plan Ahead*+ p(. -When making your reservations, ask if the hotel or motel has smoke detectors and fire sprinklers. p(. -When traveling, take a flashlight with you. ...
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    Fireplace and Home Fire Safety

    More than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the fire risks when heating with wood and solid fuels. Heating fires account for 36% of residential home fires in rural areas every year. Often these fires are due to creosote buildup in chimneys and ...
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    Heating Fire Safety: Check Your Hotspots

    Each year fire claims the lives of 4,000 Americans, injures 20,000, and causes billions of dollars worth of damage. People living in rural areas are more than twice as likely to die in a fire than those living in mid-sized cities or suburban areas. The misuse of wood stoves, portable space heaters and kerosene heaters are especially common risks in rural ...
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    Danger Above: A Factsheet on High-Rise Safety

    Recent fatal fires in high-rise structures have prompted Americans to rethink fire safety. A key to fire safety for those who live and work in these special structures is to practice specific high-rise fire safety and prevention behaviors. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) would like you to know there are simple fire safety steps you can take to prevent the ...
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    Earthquakes and Fire Safety

    A wide range of natural disasters occurs within the United States every year. Natural disasters can have a devastating effect on you and your home. The U.S. Fire Administration encourages you to use the following safety tips to help protect yourself, your family and your home from the potential threat of fire during or after an earthquake. You can greatly reduce ...
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    Electrical Fire Safety: A Factsheet on Home Electrical Fire Prevention

    Electrical fires in our homes claim the lives of 485 Americans each year and injure 2,305 more. Some of these fires are caused by electrical system failures and appliance defects, but many more are caused by the misuse and poor maintenance of electrical appliances, incorrectly installed wiring, and overloaded circuits and extension cords. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) would like ...
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    Exposing an Invisible Killer: The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

    Each year in America, unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning claims more than 500 lives and sends another 15,000 people to hospital emergency rooms for treatment.1 The United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) would like you to know that there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself from deadly carbon monoxide fumes. *+Understanding the ...
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    Effective Management of Fireground Emergencies

    Effective Management of Fireground Emergencies
    *Over the next few issues we will discuss what is required to effectively manage fireground emergencies. We will discuss command failures in this issue. Additional segments will look at command competencies, cue factors, resource management, communications management, command post staffing, and command adjunct materials.* Command Failures One of the lessons that I have learned over the years is that most of ...
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    Bedroom Fire Safety

    Each year, fire claims the lives of 4,000 Americans and injures approximately 20,000. Bedrooms are a common area of fire origin. Nearly 600 lives are lost to fires that start in bedrooms. Many of these fires are caused by misuse or poor maintenance of electrical devices, such as overloading extension cords or using portable space heaters too close to combustibles. Many ...
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    After a Fire: Fire Department Questions

    *+Common Questions+* _Why are windows broken or holes cut in the roof?_ p(. As a fire burns, it moves upward then outward. Breaking the windows and/or cutting holes in the roof (called ventilation) slows the damaging outward movement, helps remove blinding smoke that obscures the actual fire, and enables firefighters to fight the fire more efficiently. The result of this action ...
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    After A Fire: Valuing Your Property

    After A Fire: Valuing Your Property
    You will encounter different viewpoints on the value of your property in adjusting your fire loss or in claiming a casualty loss on your federal income tax. Knowing the following terms will help you understand the process used to determine the value of your fire loss: *Your personal valuation:* Your personal loss of goods through fire may be difficult to measure. ...
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